Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite Officially Announced in China

Xiaomi has extended its Mi 8 series of smartphones today by announcing the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite phones in China. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro features a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint reader and a transparent rear panel like the Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphone that was unveiled in May. On the other hand, the Mi 8 Lite is a stripped-down version of Xiaomi Mi 8 which was also announced in May.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Specifications, Features and Pricing

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro features a 6.21-inch OLED notched screen that produces Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels. The Snapdragon 845 chipset powers the 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage + 8 GB RAM variants of the Mi 8 Pro. For expanding the storage, it features a microSD card slot. The 3,000mAh battery of the phone carries support for Quick Charge 4+.

A vertical dual camera setup is present on the back panel of the phone. It includes an f/1.8 aperture 12-megapixel primary sensor and f/2.4 aperture 12-megapixel secondary sensor. The dual cameras offer features like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and optical zoom. There is a 20-megapixel camera available on the front of the Mi 8 Pro. The handset is preinstalled with MIUI 10 based Android 8.1 Oreo.

In May, Xiaomi had announced the limited-edition Mi 8 Explorer Edition alongside the Mi 8. The newly announced device bears resemblance with the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, but there are some differences between both smartphones.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features 3D facial recognition features which works like Apple’s Face ID. The Mi 8 Pro’s notch on the other hand is equipped with infrared facial recognition technology, which is not as advanced as the 3D face scanning feature. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Xiaomi phone to come with an in-display fingerprint reader. The Mi 8 Pro offers its users with pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner which is 29 percent faster and 8.8 percent more accurate than the one on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.


The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is packed with a larger 3,400mAh battery and it can be availed in an 8 GB RAM variant only. The Mi 8 Pro has a smaller battery, but it comes in 8 GB and 6 GB RAM options.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro can be bought in two color gradient hues such as Twilight Gold and Ochre Black. The 6 GB and 8 GB Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro variants are respectively priced at 3,199 Yuan (~Rs. 33,750) and 3,599 Yuan (~Rs. 37,950). The pre-orders of the phone have already started in the home market and its first sale will take place on 21st September.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Specifications, Features and Pricing

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite features a 6.26-inch IPS LCD notched display that produces FHD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is fueled by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. It includes a 3,350mAh battery that carries support for Quick Charge 3.0. The handset is also loaded with MIUI 10 flavored Android 8.1 Oreo OS.

The Mi 8 Lite which is a toned-down edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 features horizontal dual camera, instead of a vertical dual camera system. The Mi 8 Lite is equipped with f/1.9 aperture 12-megapixel + f/2.0 5-megapixel dual rear cameras. The Sony IMX576 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture is present inside the notch of the phone. It is enabled with Ai Smart Beauty for shooting photos and videos. The rear panel of the smartphone features a fingerprint scanner.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has also arrived in three colors such as Twilight Gold, Dream Blue and Black. The different variants of the Mi 8 Lite are 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM. These models are respectively priced at 1399 Yuan (Rs.14.750), 1,599 Yuan (~Rs. 16,660) and 1,699 Yuan (~Rs. 27,100). The pre-booking of the smartphone has started in China and it is slated to hit the market on 25th September.

What’s your opinion on the specs and features of the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite? Should Xiaomi release these phones in India? Share your thoughts by posting your comments below.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.